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Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?

Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. One of the world's poorest and most unstable countries is in the midst of a remarkably hopeful election campaign.
Date:
Tuesday 9th February 2016

Blog: Hard Evidence: this is the Age of Dissent – and there's much more to come

Blog: Hard Evidence: this is the Age of Dissent – and there's much more to come
Description
Written by David Bailey, lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham provides a fascinating insight into how the nature of protest has changed.
Date:
Tuesday 9th February 2016

Blog: Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?

Blog: Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?
Description
Written by Paul Jackson. After no candidate received more than 50% of the vote during the first round in December 2015, the presidential election in the Central African Republic is now headed to a runoff.
Date:
Friday 5th February 2016

Iowa caucuses: Rubio's the real winner – and the Democrats will stay united

Iowa caucuses: Rubio's the real winner – and the Democrats will stay united
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The Republican establishment looks like it has finally found its man.
Date:
Thursday 4th February 2016

Blog: Designing in Collaboration: Challenges for the new Combined Authorities

Blog: Designing in Collaboration: Challenges for the new Combined Authorities
Description
Written by Max Lempriere and Vivien Lowndes. At a workshop hosted in December 2015 by City-REDI, INLOGOV, The Public Services Academy at the University of Birmingham practitioners and academics from the world of local government came together to share experiences on the current Combined Authorities and city-region devolution agenda. In the fifth of a series of posts Max Lempriere and Vivien Lowndes reflect on the day's major talking points.
Date:
Thursday 4th February 2016

Sociology to host a BSA Regional Postgraduate Day on Power and Exclusion

Sociology to host a BSA Regional Postgraduate Day on Power and Exclusion
Description
We are pleased to announce that the British Sociological Association Regional Postgraduate Day on the theme of "Researching Social Inequality Across the Social Sciences: Contemporary Sociological Analyses of Power and Exclusion" will be held at Birmingham this Spring 2016.
Date:
Monday 1st February 2016

Birmingham Policy Commissioners give evidence to the Human Rights Committee Inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'

Birmingham Policy Commissioners give evidence to the Human Rights Committee Inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'
Description
On 09 December, Birmingham Policy Commission Chair, Sir David Omand and Commissioner Jennifer Gibson, were asked to give evidence at the first session of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'.
Date:
Thursday 28th January 2016

Birmingham academic speaks to the world media on Mother Teresa's forthcoming canonization

Birmingham academic speaks to the world media on Mother Teresa's forthcoming canonization
Description
Following the announcement that Mother Teresa will be canonized during the Vatican's Year of Mercy, Dr Gëzim Alpion, who is considered by critics "the most authoritative English-language author" on the Albanian-born missionary, was interviewed by a number of international media outlets.
Date:
Wednesday 27th January 2016

IGS podcast: 25 Years of German Unification

IGS podcast: 25 Years of German Unification
Description
Speakers: Dr Tereza Novotna (Université Libre de Bruxelles): 'How Germany Unified and the EU Enlarged: Negotiating the Accession through Transplantation and Adaptation'. Professor Chloe Paver (University of Exeter): 'Emotions and Everyday Life in Museums of GDR History and Culture'. Chair: Dr Isabelle Hertner (IGS).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

IGS podcast: 'Writing La Serenissima: Identity, Willpower and Performance in Rilke's Idea of Venice'

IGS podcast: 'Writing La Serenissima: Identity, Willpower and Performance in Rilke's Idea of Venice'
Description
Speaker: Professor Robert Vilain (University of Bristol).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016
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